Allen West | Weekly Update via @Next_GenTV | 8/23/13


The Indestructible Spirit Of America
Finding hope in glimpses of the next generation
Last week, I had the distinct pleasure and honor of addressing groups at the Ahavath Torah led by Rabbi Jon Hausman in Stoughton Mass., and at the annual GOP “Steak-Out” in Nashua, N.H. As a paratrooper, I always think it is fun to jump behind “enemy lines” and cause disruption and confusion.I got back to South Florida on Saturday evening and after my own landing later drove down to Fort Lauderdale airport to pick up our Chinese exchange student, Wangying Lin. Lin decided to come back and spend a second year with us, her senior year in high school.As we sat at the airport, my youngest daughter Austen and her best friend Morgan beamed with excitement. It was wonderful to see them run to Lin, and it warmed my heart when Lin ran to me shouting “Dad.” Who would have thought when I was born in Atlanta in 1961 that 52 years later, a 17-year-old Chinese girl would call me Dad?

As I drove back to Palm Beach Gardens, as Angela slept and as the girls chattered in the back of the H3 Hummer, I pondered America, THE “land of opportunity.”

Wangying Lin’s quest for opportunity

Lin came to us a year ago as a timid young lady, and I am quite sure she did not know what to expect. She arrived smack dab in the middle of lots of election-year excitement. I remember when Lin met GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann at Traditions in Port St. Lucie, Fla. And the time we took Lin to a gun show in Fort Pierce, she was blown away at the freedoms and liberties we enjoy.Lin got a chance to see and truly experience America.What she experienced most was the chance to be rewarded for her hard academic work. She now wants to continue her education in America and become a lawyer. Lin has been an outstanding influence on Austen, who just a week ago told Angela and me that she, too, wants to be a lawyer.

I know, some of you think the last thing we need more of in America are lawyers. Never fear, Austen and Lin will possess high moral courage.

See, America is the place that no matter where you are born, no matter where you come from, you have opportunities to succeed if you just take them.

However, consider the paradox of a government that now openly recruits citizens to get “food stamps.” Yeah, they changed the name to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and now give you an electronic benefits transfer card, but it is all the same – actually with less accountability.

Lin has not come here to be part of the dependency society; she is here to taste the American dream. And as a young lady, she just makes me very proud.

Tomorrow’s leaders
So I continue my reflection of young people in America and just smile when I think of my visit with the Londonderry U.S. Naval Sea Cadets last Saturday. I spoke before about 15 of these outstanding young men and women and was just impressed.They asked me about my past and told me about their future dreams. Yeah, they all want to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.Think about how our culture and the media show us the worse of today’s American youth – the horrific shooting in Duncan, Okla., of 23-year-old Christopher Lane, the sentencing of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, the trial of the black teenager accused of shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face, point blank. Stories like these bombard us almost daily, it seems.

However, before me that Saturday stood what is best about us (and their parents). This is why we must wholeheartedly support the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Young Marines and Sea Cadets programs.

This is where we find the next generation of American leaders. This is where it all started for me back in 1976 at Henry Grady High School in Atlanta.

No rest for the zealous
My weekend of witnessing astonishing young Americans was not complete in Londonderry. I was just humbled when Austen, Morgan and Lin all asked to go to church Sunday morning at Morgan’s Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in West Palm Beach. We got in at midnight from picking up Lin, but instead of desiring sleep, they wanted to attend church.And what an impressive service we witnessed. It was youth service Sunday, and the high school kids led the service – and I mean all of the service.They wore t-shirts depicting a diamond and the word “Undesirable” underneath, but the “Un” was crossed out. Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Bass delivered the message, centered on several scripture and the overall theme of Christ’s redeeming and empowering ability. Several young people offered their personal testimonies from the summer and their mission activities.

The service’s theme was zeal, and the related scripture was Romans 12:11, which reads, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

As I sat writing this missive, I realized that heartfelt zeal, a love of and service to God and country, has kept America great over the past 237 years. That is what my own parents imparted to me.

Confidence born of God-given rights
See, regardless of being bombarded by the progressive, secular, socialist culture and media, America truly is indestructible. Our spiritual fervor is rooted in knowing that our unalienable rights emanate from our Creator, not government.Based upon President Obama’s weekly address last weekend, many Americans have reason to be concerned that he seemingly believes the opposite – that man is the giver, and indeed taker, of our rights. As I spoke to folks in Stoughton and Nashua, several times adults told me they are scared, nervous and losing hope.Well, rest assured, I saw the next generation in action this last week – the Londonderry Navy Sea Cadets, the young people at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and the young women in my own home. The challenge is simple: Shall we, the current generation, lose our zeal of ensuring that the journey to the American dream for the next generation does not end on our watch.

To Obama and the liberal, progressive, secular, socialist establishment, we say “Molon labe!” America, and the next generation, is secure because America is an indestructible spirit that is blessed by Divine providence.

Be looking for a special Wednesday edition of this newsletter next week as we mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, and you will see a momentous manifestation of that spirit on display.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West



Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up | via @Next_GenTV | 8/16/13


The Troubled American Ship Of State – The captain and crew have navigated us into a nightmare

It is great to be back, as I was away for 10 days as an invited guest speaker on the National Review summer cruise. We embarked from Amsterdam and headed into the North Sea toward the epic scenery of Norway. The discussions were informative, and the speakers were truly exceptional.We had an enjoyable family vacation aboard Holland America Line’s MS Eurodam, returning late last Thursday. My daughters Aubrey and Austen wanted to have family movie night Saturday. They requested the 1958 classic “The Vikings,” with Kirk Douglass, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine and Janet Leigh.They especially wanted to see the scenes of the Viking ships sailing the fjords to compare them with what they had just witnessed. They also wanted to look at the Viking culture and weapons in the movie to compare with the Norwegian history center exhibit on the Vikings at Avaldsnes that we had seen near Haugesund.

However, as I watched the movie – yes, for the millionth time – I pondered how the Vikings were afraid of the fog in the North Sea. They were great shipbuilders, but their navigational skills were confined to hugging along the coastline. Navigating the open seas was a perilous challenge.

Thanks to modern technology, as we were on the MS Eurodam, I was able to tune into a station on the TV set in our stateroom to see the exact location and heading of our vessel and to see the fore and aft camera views. But in an interesting paradox, it was much easier to dock a Viking ship centuries ago than it is a large cruise ship today – and those waterways are still the same.

I began to think about the impeccable responsibility of the ship’s captain, now and then. The incredible art of seamanship to maneuver and navigate a ship on the open seas still is based upon fundamentals.

The fog of economic ruin

I am now back in Washington, and as I did my early morning runs this week, I asked myself, “Who is piloting the American ship of state?”On a ship, someone is always on watch, 24/7. Well, who is on watch for America? Who is on the bridge manning the helm, and who is the captain ready to take responsibility and be held accountable for the movements of the ship?Last week I watched President Obama give his first solo press conference since April. Needless to say, as the ship he is piloting drifts closer to the rocks, he was not reassuring to the crew or passengers.

We have a healthcare law that is about to impart serious economic ruin on an American economy struggling with a mere 1 percent increase in quarterly gross domestic product. The president himself has ordered several parts of the law’s implementation to be delayed – an action that is beyond his constitutional ability.

The law is as unpopular as ever and for the ship’s passengers (the American people) to know that certain members of the crew (Congress and its staff) have certain exemptions and will receive subsidies is beyond comprehension.

‘Phony scandals’ that are sinking America
Last September, our ship of state received a distress call – “man overboard,” if you will. As an American ambassador was attacked and the call went to the ship’s captain, it seems he was too busy to be bothered – ya know, formal night dinner – and instructed other senior crew members to respond.Against orders, some of the deck crew went overboard to save the one individual, but the ship never stopped, never turned about, never launched a rescue vessel. And the ship’s captain announced to the crew and passengers that the incident was a “phony scandal.”Think about the old days of the Vikings raiding along the English coast. What if England’s feudal kings had told their subjects, “The Vikings have been decimated and are on the run, no longer a threat.” However, when further Viking raids occurred, they told the serfs and simple farmers those were different Vikings. So it is with al Qaeda, according to our American ship’s captain.

And based upon recent developments emanating from Syria, al Qaeda is stronger than ever and establishing a new base. The Muslim Brotherhood, the granddaddy of Islamism, also is not backing down in Egypt.

So we shut our embassies and consulates in what can be only interpreted in the Islamic world as fear and cowardice. See, an embassy is a sovereign piece of American territory, but we basically abandoned ship.

Skipper Obama and Gilligan Reid
But have no fear, the good Skipper Obama has a dedicated and loyal Gilligan in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who in his babbling sense hinted that non-support for Obama’s failing policies is rooted in racism.I, for one, do not want to be on a fateful trip through the fog of failed economic and national security policies, nanny-state growth, and a culture of incompetence, corruption and intimidation through which our current ship of state is sailing. I and many other Americans do not want to end up on a deserted island devoid of the promise of the American dream for our next generation.That desire has nothing to do with the president’s racial complexion; it has everything to do with competence and character.

The next generation deserves a captain who takes responsibility and who is willing to man the bridge and give the right course headings to the helmsman. From the days of the Vikings, who sailed the open seas to find Iceland, Greenland and even America, until today, great ships have had great captains.

Our American ship of state does not resemble the MS Eurodam, which I disembarked from safely. It more closely resembles the Costa Concordia, which still lies half-sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea because a captain ran it upon Italy’s rocks.

If Washington is the bridge of our ship, no one is on duty and we are dangerously close to the rocks.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Allen West – Exclusive: The Battle of Gettysburg (Part 1 of 3) via @Next_GenTV


Travel through history with Col. Allen West, as he takes you throughout the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg. Hear how General Robert E. Lee advanced on the North, winning initial skirmishes, and how the North cleverly retreated to the high ground in part one of special three part series commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.




Allen West: Freedom Flame 2013

by: securefreedom

Published on Jun 8, 2013

Former Congressman Allen West received the Center for Security Policy’s 2013 Freedom Flame Award. The Freedom Flame Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified the ideals of freedom, democracy, economic opportunity and international strength to which the Center for Security Policy is committed. The Award acknowledges the past contributions of its recipients while serving as a reminder that the goals for which they have worked so valiantly require the continuing, unflagging efforts of those who follow in their footsteps

Allen West is the Federal Government acting with the consent of the governed?



by: Pajamasmedia

Published on Jun 12, 2013

Col. Allen West reviews the current scandals in Washington, D.C., and is amazed by the ease with which government officials lie, mislead and intimidate. Whether it is the Benghazi talking points, or the recently revealed NSA PRISM program, Col. West wonders whether the federal government is truly acting with the consent of the governed.

Allen West ponders NSA records data mining. Here are his thoughts


by Allen West via Facebook

As I ponder the NSA records data mining episode here are my thoughts. This is like carpet bombing vs. precision attack. Can someone explain why we weren’t listening to Anwar-al-Awlaki and his conversations with Major Nidal Hasan? Why weren’t we able to track Carlos Bledsoe’s travel to Somalia and Yemen to receive terrorist training? Why didn’t we pay attention to warning signs of Abdul Mutallab (underwear bomber) with a one-way ticket and little baggage traveling from Nigeria to America? Why weren’t we paying attention to the Tsarnaev brothers’ travels and connections to Chechen Islamic terrorism — heck Russia warned us? Why is it that in October 2011, 57 Islamic organizations — several with ties to Muslim Brotherhood — sent a letter to then counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan demanding we purge training materials and punish instructors they deemed “offensive” and we didn’t say “shove it” and target THEIR records? We’d rather carpet bomb Americans to cover our cowardice in confronting Islamic extremism. Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”


Allen West Weekly Wrap Up via Next Generation TV 6/7/13


When ‘Freedom’s Flame’ Burned Bright
A brief history of the battles of Midway and D-Day

This week the Center for Security Policy honored me with its 2013 “Freedom’s Flame” award — two years after giving me the greater honor of delivering a short tribute to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon as the “Keeper of the Flame.” Receiving the award has special meaning for me because our American history this week is all about freedom’s flame.

Too many schools fail to teach our children our history – and especially to have pride in our history. This is not just in our middle and high schools but also in our colleges and universities. Too many of our teachers and instructors also believe our country has been wrong throughout our history, and they convey their subjective perspectives to our young people.

With that in mind, I want to give a brief history lesson about what happened this week of June during two different years in the 1940s.

The most stunning naval victory in history
Let us begin by remembering a small island atoll in the Pacific called Midway. The United States suffered a horrible attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and the following day, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his “date which will live in infamy” speech.

America soon responded in the daring Doolittle raid on Japan on April 18, 1942, showing that America was not defeated and that we would strike back. However, we suffered a tough defeat May 7-8 at the Battle of Coral Sea, and the Imperial Japanese Navy fleet made its way back across the Pacific with its eyes upon a strategic location with a ready made airfield, Midway.

Admiral Yamamoto commanded the fleet, which possessed heavy confidence of aircraft carrier superiority. Indeed, the USS Yorktown was badly damaged at the Battle of Coral Sea and limped back to its home station for repair. The damage assessment after the battle predicted that it would take months to repair the ship and make it battle ready.

Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, knew we did not have months, and industrious Americans restored the Yorktown in 72 hours. It set sail to join the USS Enterprise and USS Hornet near Midway Island.

Thanks to naval cryptologists and PBY search and reconnaissance aircraft, Americans spotted the Japanese fleet. And from June 4 to June 7, one of the greatest naval battles took place near that flat atoll.

A truly classic study in naval maneuvers and carrier tactics ensued, something this ole Army doggie would be hard-pressed to understand and certainly to explain. But the key is that the carrier USS Yorktown made the difference. Even though it eventually sunk, the carrier made a vital contribution.

Military historian John Keegan called the Battle of Midway “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.” It was Japan’s worst naval defeat in 350 years and a decisive turning point in the Pacific theater of operations. The battle set the stage for the Solomon Islands campaign — first stop Guadalcanal, where heroism was defined.

The defining battles against the Nazis
Two years later during the same week, America and its British, Canadian and French allies embarked upon the greatest invasion known, “Operation Overlord.” We remember it as D-Day on June 5-6 — the event that finally liberated the continent of Europe from the stranglehold of the Nazis.

We all know the story – or perhaps I hopefully assume we do. The evening of June 4, men of the 82d and 101st Airborne divisions jumped into place behind German lines to disrupt and seize key crossroads so ground forces could push deep into the Normandy countryside.

Anti-aircraft fire spread the paratroopers all over the place and they missed their drop zones. But wherever they landed, they fought – even when dropped right on top of German Wehrmacht units in places like St. Mere Eglise.

They fought through the night to secure their objectives because they knew what would occur at sunrise. The Army Rangers braved the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc to take out German gun emplacements. Ronald Reagan remembered them in a breathtaking speech on the 40th anniversary of the landing.

Then as the sun rose, landing craft launched and scores of brave young Americans hit the beach. They were from all over our great land and wore patches of the 1st and 29th Infantry divisions on Omaha beach. They wore the ivy patch of the 4th Infantry Division, “Steadfast and Loyal,” on Utah Beach, where Army Brigadier Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. landed with the assault force and was later killed in combat.

Despite massive casualties, allied forces prevailed. Within the year, Germany surrendered and Europe was liberated from the Nazis and the horrible specter of the Holocaust.

A week to remember sacrifices of the past
This week in American history is all about men and women who fought to ensure freedom’s flame was never extinguished. We should remember this week with pride and never forget their sacrifices. I am amazed that some countries celebrate the sacrifices of America greater than America celebrates them herself.

This week, if you are in the Washington, D.C., area, take the time to visit the World War II Memorial and gaze upon the tribute to the Battles of Midway and Normandy. If you just happen to get a chance to look at a piece of history, a World War II veteran, go up to him and shake his hand.

You may not have much longer to recognize them in person. Just this week we lost our last World War II veteran serving in Congress, New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Parents and grandparents, if you cannot make it to the capital, sit down with the next generation this week and watch the films about that era: “Midway,” “The Longest Day,” “Saving Private Ryan” or the mini-series “Band of Brothers.”

The next generation must never forget the sacrifices of those before them in order to keep freedom’s flame burning brighter than ever. And let those sacrifices inspire us to greater exertions to guarantee that their sacrifices were not in vain.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West


Allen West “69 years ago today,Americans, landed in France for D-day, the largest amphibious invasion in history”


by Allen West via Facebook

69 years ago today, over 160,000 soldiers, including 73,000 Americans, landed in France for D-day, the largest amphibious invasion in history. It was a monumental undertaking against the forces of tyranny. Within a year, Germany was defeated and Europe liberated. During my military career, I had the honor of serving in both the 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions, carrying on the great legacy of these divisions who landed on Omaha Beach. I find contemporary resonance in the words of Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt III who, undaunted by the fact he landed on the wrong beach, said “We will start the war from right here!” Against those who would crush the freedoms and liberty we cherish, we must stand and fight, wherever we find ourselves. Those who fought and died on June 6, 1944 did so for us. We owe the same to the next generation.

“Fear of a Black Republican” Join Allen West, director Kevin Williams, Niger Innis and Kevin Jackson for film screening

Please join Allen West For a special film screening of :


“Fear of a Black Republican”

with special guests:

Kevin Williams – the film’s director

Niger Innis – National Spokesman, Congress of Racial Equality

Kevin Jackson – radio host and author of “The Big Black Lie”

Friday, May 31st, 2013

VIP Reception 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Film screening 6:30 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton, Deerfield Beach-Boca Raton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

VIP Reception: $100  Individual/$150 couple  Film screening: $25

For more information 561-997-6776


Allen West “We must remember”


We must remember.

The heroism…
The valor…
The courage..

We must remember the brave men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Military to defend the liberties each of us enjoys. Not just today, on Memorial Day, but every day.

As a veteran who saw too many of my comrades make the ultimate sacrifice, I could go on and on talking about the significance of today, what it means to serve this great nation, and why I’m so proud to be an American. But I know you probably have plans, so I’d like to leave you with a verse from the Bible that I believe sums up today perfectly.

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8

We are the land of the free, because we have always been the home of the brave. Let us never forget.

God bless America,

Allen West
Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA (ret)
U.S. Congressman (2011-2013)